Rifftrax Live Takes On Godzilla

Plus: The Super Bowl of Bass Fishing
By Free Times
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Wednesday 13
Crosby, Stills and Nash — no Young, though — bring their silvery three-part harmonies to the Township Auditorium tonight; though David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills wrote some of the most seminal folk-rock tunes, like “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” and “Southern Cross,” Eight Days’ favorite CSN moment was when Crosby appeared on an episode of The Simpsons as Barney Gumble’s AA sponsor. Or maybe it was when Crosby served as Melissa Etheridge’s sperm donor. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets range from $50.50 to $100. Call 576-2350 or visit thetownship.org for more information.

Thursday 14
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew was often at its best when riffing on some of cinema’s silliest monsters: Torgo from Manos: Hands of Fate; the weirdo aquatic creatures from The Horror of Party Beach; the, uh, creeping horror of The Creeping Horror. Mike and the bots cracked wise at a few Gamera flicks, too, but now, as the Rifftrax crew, they take on the biggest kaiju of all: Godzilla. Rifftrax Live: Godzilla features Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett riffing on the woeful 1998 Godzilla reboot — you know, the one starring Matthew Broderick; the simulcast is beamed into Regal Columbiana Grande and Regal Sandhill Cinema 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50. There goes Tokyo: Visit fathomevents.com for more information.

Friday 15
Boyhood is the closest thing to a real, lived life that fictional cinema has ever produced. The idea is dramatically simple: Director Richard Linklater followed the life of a boy and his unexceptional Texas family from childhood to adulthood, but did so it in real time, bringing the cast back together every summer for a dozen years to film new episodes. So the characters literally age on film: Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grows from a pre-teen to a young adult; his divorced parents (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) go from muscle cars to minivans. The Nickelodeon Theatre screens the film today; at press time, the screening time had not been set. Call 254-3433 or visit nickelodeon.org for updates.

Saturday 16
The Forrest Wood Cup is, according to its promotional literature, the Super Bowl of bass fishing. It’s not that much of a stretch, really: It’s professional bass fishing’s biggest event and biggest payday, and, like the Super Bowl, the site moves from year to year. This year, bass fishing’s Super Bowl is in Columbia: The Forrest Wood Cup runs Thursday through Sunday in the Midlands, with the fishing done on Lake Murray, live daily weigh-ins at the Colonial Life Arena, and daily expositions at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. But what would any good Super Bowl be without a good tailgate party? The Forrest Wood Cup Bass & BBQ festival is just that; the South Carolina Barbeque Association-sanctioned barbecue cook-off is replete with celebrity judges and country music concerts. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and tomorrow outside the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center; admission is free, but samples will set you back $5. Visit forrestwoodcup.com for more information, or check out the story on page 101.

Been wondering what all that construction work around the South Carolina State Museum was for? Well, the museum’s been building a new planetarium, observatory and 4-D theater, and it celebrates the grand opening of all three today with a daylong (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) party packed full of programs and live music; there’s more information on page 94.

Sunday 17
What’s the old joke? How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice? Well, being a Steinway Artist requires the same level of virtuosity and dedication to the piano. Legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock is a Steinway Artist; so, too, is BK Davis, an immensely talented jazz and R&B pianist and relentlessly restless creative spirit. Davis performs for free — on a Steinway, no doubt — at the Rice Music House at 3 p.m.; visit ricemusichouse.com for more information.

Monday 18
The Nickelodeon Theatre’s A Lotta Talent and a Little Luck: A Celebration of Stanley Donen continues tonight with a screening of Funny Face, Donen’s silver screen adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. Audrey Hepburn’s in it. The film screens at 5:30 p.m.; tickets are $10. Call 254-3433 or visit nickelodeon.org for more.

Tuesday 19
For many years, German beer was brewed in adherence to the Reinheitsgebot code, an extremely rigid purity law that restricted the ingredients in German-brewed beer to naught but water, hops and malt. Eight Days doesn’t know if the beer served at the German-American Chamber of Commerce Stammtisch — from 5:30 to 7:30 today at the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce — abides by such strict standards, but we’re betting you could grab a kolsch or two. (Stammtisch, by the way, loosely translates from German to an informal group meeting — and not, as Eight Days once thought, to “sandwich.”) Admission is $15, which also includes some traditional German food. To register, visit columbiawac.org.

Wednesday 20
Today is National Radio Day. What station should you set your dial to? Check out our Best of Columbia awards to find out.

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